Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Saxophonist Jared Sims, guitarist Eric Hofbauer and pianist Tyson Rogers, now in their early 30's, first met at Boston's New England Conservatory in 1997 and have since each worked with some of the most respected names in creative improvised music.
Together as The Blueprint Project, they augment their original compositions and highly developed interaction with older, more established rhythm section players (thus far the list includes Han Bennink, Cecil McBee and Matt Wilson) to create a consciously eclectic and intergenerational ensemble that is constantly reinventing itself.
Critics have noted the group's witty, contemporary sounding improvisation (James Hale, DownBeat) and intelligent, incisively crafted compositions (Andy Hamilton, Jazz Review ), and called its music serious fun (Julian Cowley, The Wire), full of striking rhythms and harmonic ideas (Ted Kane, JazzReview.com) and nothing short of glorious...music that is a working definition of just how uplifting human creativity can be (Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com).
They are talented, well educated, thoroughly modern, wrote Village Voice reviewer Tom Hull. They can do post-bop, post-Monk, post-Ornette; they can play gospel and tango and free. One of the few jazz groups that feels communal.
Originally called Pendulabellum when it released its first CD in 1998, The Blueprint Project has since released two more recordings, The Blueprint Project (Creative Nation Music, 2004) and People I Like (Creative Nation Music, 2007), which earned the band a Boston Music Awards nomination for Outstanding Jazz Act of the Year.
--Michael Ricci, AllAboutJazz.com
...People I Like is serious fun...Bennink’s approval is audible in his
exuberant playing. He’s in
buoyant form throughout, in his element with a group who are accomplished,
imaginative and comitted
to enjoyment. Recommended without reservation as an antidote to grey and
--Julian Cowley, The Wire
The music they make together is nothing short of glorious. The program of
group originals is
understandably well tailored to the trio's distinctive group conception,
something they’ve had the
chance to hone over a period of time, and Bennink brings his characteristic
work to bear in a way that’s
nothing short of a celebration of life...music that is a working definition of
just how uplifting human
creativity can be. It’s what those end-of-year polls were invented for.
--Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com
...an accomplished set from an ensemble of four individuals who’ve mastered
the art of simultaneously
playing both against and with one another.
--Robert Shore, Jazzwise
Bennink has a signature style that is very unsubtle yet delicate. With all of the
drummer’s theatrics, it is
easy to miss the outstanding musicianship of the trio. Besides the original
music provided, the very
quick-wit response they have to the forcefulness of Bennink is impressive. By
the time they settle into
Nu Noon At Yoshi's, the ending piece here, they have exhausted all
--Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com
It isn’t everyday, and certainly is unexpected, when a trio of young, up-and-
coming musicians still
experimenting and searching for a defined sound collaborate with one of the
most proven, established
masters of his instrument; but People I Like is exactly that,
combining the forces of a fresh
sax/guitar/piano trio from New England with Dutch drummer Han Bennink,
one of the vanguard figures
in the birth of free jazz in Europe. The music presented on People I
Like is profound because it
takes an out approach to an earlier style of jazz, as opposed to pushing
modern creative music
further and further in the same direction.
--Mike Szajewski, WNUR-FM (Evanston, IL)
With this new release, they take a giant step forward by linking up with the
anarchic, at times over
powering but very swinging, Mr. Bennink...this group’s conception has
become so finely tuned that they
can easily accommodate a player as strong as Bennink. And these pieces are
open enough to give
Bennink free reign to be himself...it’s become one of my favorite releases of
--Robert Iannapollo, Cadence
Perpetually in motion with ruffs, taps, flams, paradiddles or bounces, the
veteran drummer’s precise
and swinging pulse enlivens the nine band member-penned originals. Not
adverse to good-timey
melodies, driven by Bennink’s sand dancer-like brush strokes and unison
guitar-saxophone licks, the
band is made up of jazzmen as knowledgeable as Bennink.
--Ken Waxman, Whole Note